Departments of Horticulture, Animal Husbandry set up 48 units

Coinciding with the conclusion of the last fiscal, the introduction of a central sector scheme to promote integrated farming has been welcomed by various sections of the farming community here.

Referred to as the Integrated Farming System (IFS), it was part of the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP).

Pointing out that as per the guidelines of the NADP, Mudhugula in Ooty block, Adhigaratty and Bickol in Coonoor block, Kookalthorai in Kotagiri block and Puthurvayal in Gudalur block had been selected and the concept of combined farming promoted, the Joint Director of Horticulture in-charge, N. Mani, told The Hindu here on Thursday that farmers had been encouraged to take up along with their regular farm activities, animal husbandry, production of vermin compost, organic farming etc.

Appropriate subsidy was also extended to them, he said.

Stating that 48 units had been set up by the horticulture department and the Department of Animal Husbandry, he said that the response was very good.

Pointing out that the number of units would be increased, Mr. Mani said that the objective was to increase the population of milch animals in the district and also augment the income of the farmers.